Church is to start is­su­ing cer­tifi­cates on­line in 3 days

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The Athens Arch­bish­opric is tak­ing a step into the dig­i­tal era with an ini­tia­tive that will al­low cit­i­zens to ap­ply for mar­riage li­censes, bap­tism cer­tifi­cates and other doc­u­ments on­line.

Us­ing their per­sonal de­tails for Tax­is­net, the elec­tronic por­tal for sub­mit­ting tax dec­la­ra­tions, cit­i­zens will soon be able to use their cell phones or com­put­ers to re­quest a se­ries of doc­u­ments.

The aim is for the ap­pli­ca­tions to be pro­cessed within three days. Symeon Vo­li­o­tis, a spokesman for the Arch­bish­opric, told Kathimerini that many priests are not fa­mil­iar with the new tech­nol­ogy and are un­der­go­ing sem­i­nars on the new sys­tem which is be­ing set up for them by the Fi­nance Min­istry’s Gen­eral Sec­re­tar­iat for In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems.

The ser­vice will be par­tic­u­larly use­ful for Greeks liv­ing abroad, Vo­li­o­tis said, not­ing that ap­pli­cants will re­ceive their cer­tifi­cates “scanned by email.”

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